NHL Preview from The Sports Network |
Saturday, October 22nd
(All times eastern)
San Jose Sharks (3-4-1) at Nashville Predators (6-0-0), 8 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Nashville Predators try to remain one of the league's
remaining unbeaten teams tonight when they welcome the San Jose Sharks to
Gaylord Entertainment Center.
Nashville and Ottawa are the only clubs who have yet to lose in the early part
of the 2005-06 season. The Senators are also 6-0-0.
The Preds' latest triumph came on Thursday, as they posted a 3-2 shootout
victory over St. Louis to sweep a home-and-home. It marked their third
shootout decision of the season.
Steve Sullivan and Marek Zidlicky both netted shootout goals to lift the
Predators. Dan Hamhuis and Jeremy Stevenson both scored in regulation and each
added an assist for the Predators, who finished 0-for-6 on the power play.
Tomas Vokoun made 29 saves for Nashville, which won for the third time when
trailing after two periods.
Nashville's 6-0-0 start represents the best opening run in team history.
The Preds will host Chicago on Tuesday.
San Jose, meanwhile, is on the rebound after three straight losses to begin a
six-game road trip. The slide comes on the heels of three consecutive
On Friday the Sharks dropped a 4-1 contest in Columbus. Jason Chimera scored
two goals to lead the Blue Jackets. Scott Thornton scored the lone goal for
San Jose on the power play.
Evgeni Nabokov made nine saves and allowed one goal before leaving the game
with an upper body injury. He was replaced by Vesa Toskala, who allowed three
goals on 15 shots in the loss. There was no immediate update on Nabokov's
status after the contest.
The Sharks, who held a players-only meeting following Friday's loss, will
continue their trek Wednesday in Dallas.
Nashville defeated San Jose, 3-2, in the Music City on opening night and has
won three straight meetings in the series.
10/22 10:33:29 ET